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2017 Production Workshop Application Available Now
Now entering its 40th year, the TWN Production Workshop provides unique “hands-on” media production training, providing practical skills and resources for emerging filmmakers. This intensive 5-month program is aimed primarily at members of historically marginalized communities, with limited economic resources and access to mainstream educational institutions or traditional training programs. Offering the tools to create fiction or documentary projects, the Production Workshop carries on the mission of TWN of promoting independent cinema by and about communities of color and other underserved groups and their progressive allies.
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The TWN Fall Evening Seminars is in session.
Our Fall Evening Seminars include the following topics: legal issues for filmmakers, AFTER SPRING screening and talk,
fundraising and marketing, sound design and much more.
See the lineup!
TWN Seeks Graphic Design & Abobe Premiere Interns
If you have graphic design or Premiere experience, or would like to learn; live in New York City and
need to add more credits to your resume, please apply to our internship program
at Third World Newsreel. Send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWN Call for Change shorts featured on new CUNYTV web series
The CUNY TV Short Docs Web Series showcases short documentaries about NYC's minority communities and examines issues including immigration, human rights, education, diaspora, multiculturalism, environmental issues and criminal justice. The documentaries will stream at CUNY-TV's YouTube Channel, along with interviews with the filmmakers and subjects related to the pieces. This season features several of TWN's acclaimed Call for Change series, including DASTAAR: Defending Sikh Identity, by Kevin Lee--along with an interview of Sapreet Kaur, Sikh Coalition Executive Director -- and WORK AND RESPECT by Domestic Workers United, on the struggle for the rights of domestic workers -- with an additional interview with Barbara Young of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
In Response to Hurricane Matthew
To contribute to the discussion about the role of humanitarian aid in Haiti’s future, Third World Newsreel and filmmakers Hanna Rose Sell & Vanessa Bertozzi, are pleased to offer free viewing of the short documentary film
SECONDHAND (PEPE) for a limited time until November 7th.
SECONDHAND (PEPE) traces the origins of the secondhand clothing industry in the United States and links that history to the contemporary flow of used clothes to Haiti. This short film addresses the negative and positive roles of humanitarian aid in Haiti’s past and future.
Please share on social media and tell your friends and family about Haitian-led community organizations and the need for people-powered charitable aid for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
TWN's SU-CASA Senior Media Workshop at the NY Asian American International Film Festival!
This spring, TWN worked with Mandarin speaking seniors at the SelfHelp Latimer Gardens Senior Center in a basic video production class.
Some of their films were screened on July 27th at Flushing Town Hall as part of the MADE IN FLUSHING night as part of the
New York Asian American International Film Festival, sponsored by Asian CineVision.
The Senior's films preceded the main feature, BRIGHT SUN MANSION. For more info.
TWN Response to #Orlando Mass Shooting
TWN mourns the Orlando victims Anti-LGBT hate crimes continue to harm Queer communities in the United
States and the #Orlando mass shooting was the latest horrific attack on Queer people of color. To contribute to the national conversation on this tragic event,
TWN presented free streaming access to three independent films that address #ViolenceAgainstLGBTQ communities of color through July 4th:
Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project, Photos of Angie and Three Queer Mice.
Filmmaker and activist Charles B. Brack was honored to share his film with
the general public for the first time. Brack said “The massacre in Orlando
was catastrophic. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their
loved ones. In our vigilance, we must be reminded that there are quiet
catastrophes daily. Look for anti violence projects in your area, and help
each other through this horrific time. Our resilience cannot be
TWN Receives NEA Grant!
Third World Newsreel is pleased to announce that it is one of the arts groups included in the May 10th announcement by the
National Endowment for the Arts, receiving support for Art Works projects.
This funding will help support TWN's workshops, along with the kind support of the
New York State Council on the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of the Aging.
TWN at the Museum of the City of New York
ACTIVIST NEW YORK exhibit & CITY OF MOVEMENT" documentary at the Museum of the City of New York is an exhibition that presents the passions and conflicts that
underlie the city's history of agitation. The exhibition includes an original 10-minute documentary film, CITY OF MOVEMENT, featuring material from the Third World Newsreel Archives.
TWN and NYU "Organizing/Filmmaking/Archiving" - February 27, 2016
On February 27th, 2016, TWN, along with NYU's Cinema Studies Department and MIAP (Moving Image Archiving and Preservation) presented an all day program featuring recently preserved films from the TWN Newsreel collection.
The films presented were JANIE'S JANIE, TEACH OUR CHILDREN, MAKE OUT and the premiere of the preserved BREAK AND ENTER (ROMPIENDO PUERTAS).
Each film was accompanied by a panel including the filmmakers, activists (past and present) as well as preservation professionals.
Note: in the morning, there was a preservation workshop led by the MIAP program.
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TWN on New York City Screens
IN 2015, TWN was pleased to be part of the February 2015 "Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York 1968-1986" program,
with amazing and rarely seen films by New York-based independent filmmakers from a time
when films by people of color were neither recognized or supported, and frequently suppressed.
This historic series, programmed by Michelle Materre of Creatively Speaking and Jake Perlin, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Programmer at Large included
TWN produced or distributed films - A DREAM IS WHAT YOU WAKE UP FROM; NAMIBIA: INDEPENDENCE NOW!; SUZANNE, SUZANNE; TEACH OUR CHILDREN; and VOICES OF THE GODS.
This was also a rare chance to see films by Bill Miles, William Greaves, Jessie Maples, St Clair Bourne,
and the fabulous LOSING GROUND by Kathleen Collins with Ronald Gray.
"An ambitious, revelatory series devoted to an astonishingly rich, dismayingly under
appreciated chapter in American movie history." --A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"MUST-ATTEND... you may never get another opportunity quite like this again." --Tambay A. Obenson, Indiewire's Shadow and Act
"More than just a cinematic feast; it's a revelation." --Richard Brody,The New Yorker
"ESSENTIAL... assembles some of the most vital and groundbreaking cinema of the era." --Melissa Anderson,The Village Voice
"Extraordinary collection of films." --Ashley Clark, L Magazine
TWN also screened JANIE'S JANIE and MAKE OUT at the Museum of Modern Art, as part of the Women's Film Preservation Fund screenings.
EL PUEBLO SE LEVANTA, a historic documentary about the Young Lords, screened as part of a joint exhibit at El Museo del Barrio and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and THE CASE AGAINST LINCOLN CENTER was part of the P.S. 1 exhibit "Greater New York".
Immigrant/First Generation Women's Production Workshop- the 2016 edition, and the TWN Su-Casa Senior Media Workshop!
This May 21st, TWN, in collaboration with New York Women In Film and Television,
taught 26 girls and women of immigrant backgrounds in a one day Production workshop
- a rapid fire lesson on how to conceptualize and shoot a short doc.
Their resulting 3 videos, Our Immigrant Legacies, premiered at a NYWIFT screening in Ridgewood on June 16th!
Last June, the 2015 Women's Production workshop
also completed three documentary shorts, compiled as The Multiplicity of Us, which was recently
recommended by Video Librarian Magazine. These workshops were made possible by NY City Council member Elizabeth Crowley as part of the NYC Cultural Immigrant Initiative. Watch the videos the women produced!
TWN also taught senior citizens in Flushing how to make videos as part of the SU-CASA program. From February to June, mostly Mandarin speaking seniors learned both media literacy concepts and production, making movies at the SelfHelp Latimer Gardens Senior Center. This was made possible with support in part from public funds through the NY City Council in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of the Aging. We're pleased to announce that five of the nine films made by the seniors screened at the
NY Asian American International Film Festival's Made in Flushing night - July 27th at 7 PM at Flushing Town Hall,
ahead of the main program, BRIGHT SUN MANSION.
The Dottin-Fasulo-Perez Memorial Workshop Fund
The TWN family suffered three tremendous losses in 2010 with the passing of some
extraordinary workshop alumni: Jennifer Fasulo, Miriam Akoma Perez, and Laura
Dottin. As families, friends, activists and media arts communities heal from
these tragic losses, we also want to pay tribute to these strong and talented
women. Please see our memorial section below to read about their lives and work.
The leadership of Third World Newsreel has created the Dottin-Fasulo-Perez
Memorial Workshop Fund which will provide funding for the TWN Workshops. All
three of these women were accomplished media makers whose lives had been changed
by participation in TWN Workshops, a 34 year old program that has trained
hundreds of socially committed filmmakers. What more fitting way to pay tribute
than to facilitate the path for other emerging socially conscious filmmakers to
learn their craft? The Board of Directors of Third World Newsreel hopes that all
who can, will make a generous contribution for the 2011 calendar year to support
the Dottin-Fasulo-Perez Memorial Workshop Fund. To donate online, or for
information on making donations, please go to our
The TWN Film Preservation Fund
Third World Newsreel worked with the Preservation Committee of the
original Newsreel film collective to preserve some of the original Newsreel
films. Numerous historic short activist films were made in the late 60's and
early 70's that are at
We recently finished the preservation of the film BREAK AND ENTER (ROMPIENDO PUERTAS) and COLUMBIA REVOLT, with the help of the National Film Preservation Foundation.
Previously the films MAKE OUT; and JANIE'S JANIE --
the latter an important but rarely seen feminist documentary shot in Newark by Geri Ashur, Marilyn
Mulford, Stephanie Palewski -- and others were preserved with the support of New York Women in
Film and Television's Women's Film Preservation Fund. NYWIFT also
help support the preservation of THE WOMAN'S FILM, a classic early women's
We need your help to restore our other films, like EL PUEBLO SE LEVANTA on the Young Lords.
This film and other high caliber historic documentaries are at risk of being
lost for ever! It is critical that we preserve the early TWN films for future
generations of students, scholars, activists and audiences. To donate online, or
for information on making donations, please go to our
H2A Partners With Third World Newsreel on Indie Distribution Label, H2ONewsreel
The Hip-Hop Association (H2A) has been working with Third World Newsreel (TWN)
through a partnership called H2ONewsreel, to provide the Best in
Hip-Hop Media, Education, and Culture. H2O NEWSREEL is a Hip-Hop multi-media independent
developer and distribution outlet. It acquires media projects and facilitates
the creation of curriculums and study guides for the education and urban entertainment markets.
H2ONEWSREEL offers among the most competitive percentage agreement to independent filmmakers
and split profits on a non-exclusive agreement. Formed in September 2008,
H2ONEWSREEL is now releasing its titles to the international educational sector.
H2ONEWSREEL is featuring documentaries including: MASIZAKHE, FREKUENSIA KOLOMBIANA, and an award winning
short series collection. Filmmakers whose projects are aligned with the
H2O NEWSREEL mission will be selected to work closely with staff members on
their marketing campaigns, programming and distribution goals, so that the H2A
can offer more cultivation and resources. For more information on H2ONewsreel, go to the
We lost our friend, colleague and compañero Herman Lew suddenly on September 20th, 2014.
Filmmaker, professor, activist, teacher, and beloved father and husband, Herman will be missed by his family, the Third World Newsreel family,
the City College family, and the numerous students and emerging filmmakers to whom he was committed.
For decades, Herman worked to nurture the creative voices of media makers of color both as Director of the Third World Newsreel Media Production Workshop
and Director of the B.F.A. Film & Video Program at City College. Funny, easy going, yet working hard all the time,
Herman was the person we could all depend upon as a friend and colleague -- from telling us exactly what would make our film projects better,
to putting up shelves in the office, and hosting barbecues at his house in New Jersey.
Herman embodied the best of Third World Newsreel and believed in the organization's mission to cultivate the next generation of filmmakers of color.
All our hearts are broken by this sudden tragedy. If you have memories or photos of Herman you would like to share, we have created a page to
Remembering Herman Lew for friends and family.
There were three memorials for Herman, two in NY and one in Los Angeles this past fall;
he impacted so many people's lives. The Herman Lew Memorial Scholarship has been established at City College
to benefit outstanding BFA film students in need.
To contribute, please visit the City College donation site.
Also, a family trust is also being established on behalf of Kian, Cole and Galen Lew. Please contact email@example.com to contribute.
James Allen Thigpen, Jr., passed Wednesday, January 13, 2010
in Columbus, Ohio. Fondly known as Jim, he was born May 28, 1950 in Columbus. He
is preceded in death by his father , James A. Thigpen, Sr. and is survived by his mother,
Louise of Columbus; sister Dorothy of Brooklyn, NY; brothers Steve (Veda) of
Columbus, Barry (Riccarda) of Franklin, TN, Robert (Molly) of New Albany, OH,
and life companion of 38 years, Larry J. Willis of Columbus, along with a host
of cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim graduated with
honors from Ohio State University, with a degree in Psychology. He resided and
worked in a number of professional capacities in Columbus and New York City, and
owned a computer software development business. But Jim’s longest efforts were
on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Throughout New York State, he was widely recognized as an effective advocate for
the principles of equal protection, justice and fairness for all. He had a great
passion for the arts, the internet, Web and software development. He developed
e-commerce websites and database applications for non-profit art and government
entities. Colleagues and friends describe Jim as always kind, empathetic,
sincere, respectful, and loyal toward every person. His kindness and compassion
will live in our hearts forever. The crew at Third World Newsreel remains
devastated by this loss. Jim was our beloved friend, co-worker, webmaster - in
fact he designed our upgraded website; - and he was our consummate
Laura Dottin a member of the 2010 Production Workshop, passed away October
25th, 2010, after a long illness. Laura was truly a passionate and dedicated
activist starting with her involvement with C.O.R.E. as a student during the
sixties. An anti-war activist, Laura was a founding member of the Black Student
Union at SUNY New Paltz and worked with migrant workers in the area. Later,
Laura became Vice Chairperson of Organization of Staff Analysis, a group that
fought and won collective bargaining rights for workers. She also worked with
organizations such as the African National Reparations Organization, Brooklyn
Neighborhood Improvement Association, National Black United Front, and the
Patrice Lumumba Coalition. For over a decade Laura worked with the African and
Caribbean Resource Center, producing community forums and radio programs. She
traveled extensively to Cuba, Grenada and Canada representing the organization.
Her media work started in the 80’s with WBAI-FM where she was a volunteer and
researcher for “Behind The News” and continued with her starting and
co-producing, with three other colleagues, the monthly news magazine “Cuba in
Focus” which still airs today. Laura also produced at WBAI the news magazine
“Caribbean Perspective”. A self proclaimed “computer geek”, Laura worked
professionally with computers as a manager of a computer support group. Her long
involvement with video and audio started in the 80’s where she documented and
recorded community activities and political struggles. Laura truly saw the
interrelationship of various media, computer technology, and the internet as a
means and tool for political activity. Her desire to be a storyteller and to
produce documentaries that spoke to our place in the world was her motivation to
be in the Production Workshop. To quote her, “I think every life is interesting
and instructive – it is the storyteller who must capture the essence”. Laura's
compassion and love for other people was always evident and she will be missed.
A memorial was held October 31st, 2010 in Brooklyn.
Miriam 'Sa'uuda Akoma Nsoroma' Perez
passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 24, 2010 in Ka'apuli, Hawaii,
while on vacation. Born in Brooklyn, Miriam is survived by her loving and
talented daughter, Maryam Afiya Perez, devoted friend Dorothy Thigpen, her
sisters and her brothers, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear
friends, including TWN's staff. Miriam and her daughter Afiya are part of the
Third World Newsreel family. Miriam was a beloved teacher of English and
Literature at Cobble Hill High School, and was one semester away from receiving
her Masters of Arts in Media Studies and Film from the New School of Social
Research. Miriam was also an accomplished writer, artist and documentary
filmmaker, and was awarded a Development Cohort grant from the Fledgling Fund in
2009 for her current documentary project, HOLLER. Her first film Walking with
FUREE, is part of Third World Newsreel's Call for Change Series and has screened
at the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the
Brooklyn Academy of Music and many more national and international venues.
Miriam was an alumna of Third World Newsreel's Film and Video Production
Workshop. Miriam was passionate about using her artistic skills to address
social justice and fairness for all. As an avid believer in the Buddhist
principles of moral thought and action, Miriam was compassionate, loving, kind
and generous to all and always spiritually positive in her life pursuits. Her
beauty and intelligence will be missed and never forgotten by all. Memorial
services were held on September 3, 2010, at The Church Of The Open Door, in
Jennifer Fasulo died in a tragic accident in the summer of 2010, taking from us
a committed and talented filmmaker. An esteemed alumna of the
TWN Production Workshop, Jennifer was dedicated to feminism and social justice
activism, a testament to her integrity and compassion. Her first video, Women’s
Struggles For Freedom In Iraq (co-produced with Liz Miller), was selected for
the World Social Forum Film Festival in 2003. For several years she worked as an
Assistant Producer for Joy of Resistance: Multi-Cultural Feminist Radio at WBAI
Community Radio in NYC. Her writing has appeared in Women's ENews, ZNet,
Salon.com and the radical feminist journal Rain and Thunder. Her 2009 workshop
documentary, PRIMETIME: Fighting Back Against Foreclosure (with co-producer
Manauvaskar Kublall) is a strikingly human and concise explanation of the
subprime mortgage crisis and its disproportionate impact on families of color.
The video screened at the MoMA Doc Fortnight in 2009 and is being used by many
communities and classrooms today. We will miss her big smile, bright intellect,
talent and great heart at Third World Newsreel.